CENTRAL SQUARE – Evelyn and Ella Dolce are pushing each other towards the perfect finish of their respective junior seasons for the Central Square women’s track team.
The identical twin sisters are among the Redhawks’ top multi-event contenders at the Section 3, Class A championship competition scheduled for June 9 at Chittenango High School.
The notable sisters also have a common interest in photography and while one claims a victory on the track, the other captures the moment with her camera whenever possible. They do this for fun but also review the photos to help each other criticize their respective form and techniques.
“We love to shoot for the track and take photos for the yearbook,” said Ella Dolce. “I think the photographs have helped (the performance of the track) because we can see some of the flaws that we haven’t realized before. We just like to photograph ourselves, it’s perfect, like having an integrated model.
Ella and Evelyn’s collective plot was first sparked when they took a photo class at Paul V. Moore High School as freshmen – in the same year they each started the jump. in pole vault, which has become the main focus of their multitude of indoor and outdoor athletic events. .
Their hobby goes way beyond the runway, and one twin usually uses the other as the centerpiece of the portrait she takes.
They each regularly submit photos for the school yearbook and have entered contests for the past few years, placing or winning prizes in their age group from Everson Art Museum, Scholastic Art, and RIT, among others.
“It’s good because even if I will win the competition or she will, the other person is usually in the picture, so it’s like we both won,” said Evelyn Dolce. .
The sisters have been described as “inseparable” by Redhawks varsity track coach Bill Pettit, and they compete in the same events for indoor and outdoor track and field, frequently alternating top spots this season.
They are counted on to score in the maximum of four events in most competitions and have excelled in the pole vault, 400 hurdles, long jump and triple jump, as well as sprints of 100, 200 and 400 meters.
“She’s still here, and never has been, I want her to do worse so that I can look good, it’s always, ‘Oh, you deserved it,'” said Evelyn Dolce. “We helped each other with everything. “
The Dolce twins each qualified for the National Indoor Track and Field Championships as a sophomore in the pole vault. Evelyn won the Section 3, Class A indoor titles in pole vault and long jump, while Ella won the first of 55 hurdles to help Central Square claim the tag team title.
They also helped the Redhawks to dominate the team standings in their only spring track season as freshmen in 2019. Ella Dolce won the 100 and 400 hurdles while Evelyn placed second and fourth in each event.
They each aim to win multiple titles when the Section 3 Spring Championships return next week and continue to the State and National Championships as seniors when those events return next year.
Both sisters gave the other credit for playing a part in their success and said they rarely compare achievements from a competitive point of view. They motivate each other by knowing each other’s tendencies and when to criticize or encourage.
“We’re pretty much the same, it’s hard to say, but we are,” said Ella Dolce. “We all love the same things, and I think that definitely makes the competition stronger, but it’s different having competition, because we know if she can do it I can do it, so that pushes us. even further.”
She added, “It’s like she can jump 11 feet, so oh my God I know I can, so I can’t let go. There are no days off, you always push yourself, so if I don’t feel it, she’s still there.
Pole vaulting has been a central preoccupation of the two Dolce sisters since the start of their first outdoor season in the spring of 2019.
They are both hoping to attend college together where they can participate in the event and have worked more with assistant coach Jason Brocious, who played in the pole vault for Central Square and SUNY Cortland and operated the Empire. Pole Vault Club for the past 10 years.
“It was something different that not everyone was in, and the coach here is amazing, so the opportunity was right in front of us,” said Evelyn Dolce. “It was something we could be successful in and develop into until college.”
Pettit and Brocious each attributed the work ethic of the Dolce sisters and their shared passion for pole vaulting a significant role in their combined success.
The duo are studying the film online and reviewing their grades with Brocious, took the opportunity to train seven days a week this season, and are staying an hour after practice most days to work just on the jump.
Ella Dolce has reached 11 feet for a personal best in the pole vault this season while Evelyn has reached a high mark of 11 feet, 6 inches.
“They don’t care so much about who finishes first or second, they might joke about it every now and then, but they do a good job helping each other and giving each other feedback because they tried to. learn as much as possible. about the event, ”Brocious said.
Evelyn and Ella Dolce – Yvonne and Monte’s daughters who also have a brother, Ethan – credited their bond as the impetus to keep up with their training throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
During times when teammates were isolated, they worked together as spotting partners to lift weights in their basement, ran runs together, and helped each other through voluntary, independent exercises provided by the coaches afterwards. last season’s cancellation due to coronavirus concerns.
They also thanked each other for helping each other overcome any mental hurdles they faced with their peers as they faced the surrounding circumstances.
“I would be a different person, my personality and my goals so I think I’m very lucky that we are twins because it has made me a 1000 times better person and I think I will be more successful because of it “, says Ella Dolce.